I voted early yesterday. Ten minutes before the City Hall polling place was to open a line was forming. Quickly 50 or 60 people joined the line. The stream was constant. To the extent that there was conversation, it was in dribs and drabs about this exciting new opportunity to cast ballots before election day. But in the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s late Friday afternoon announcement of the latest October surprise, the mood in our strongly pro-Hillary hometown was somber. Voters, it seemed, wanted to get this disgusting Presidential campaign behind them.
A week after the media had all but declared Hillary Clinton the winner, a week in which the gap between Clinton and Trump had steadily narrowed, we now find Clinton’s slim lead in new national polling well within the margin of error. Comey’s decision to announce the ambiguous discovery of new emails on a server used by Clinton right hand Huma Abedin and her pervert husband, Anthony Weiner, has rocked the boat. This, even though Comey himself couldn’t – or wouldn’t – say that there was anything “significant” in this new email batch.
Trump and Clinton may both say they want full disclosure of the emails as quickly as possible, which probably won’t happen before the election. But it is Trump who can repeatedly sing the refrain of “crooked Hillary,” turning attention away from himself He’s playing this new development (though certainly no new information) for all it’s worth. His message appears to be resonating especially with Independent voters. And it could affect the outcome of the election.
Was Comey playing partisan politics or engaging in a narcissistic adventure? To give him the benefit of the doubt, he was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. Whether or not he revealed his new discovery, he would be attacked, even though it is more customary not to discuss investigations until they are concluded and certainly not customary to introduce inconclusive material 11 days before an election. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who reportedly opposed release, was probably unable to intervene because she was thoroughly compromised by her 30-minute “impromptu” tarmac conversation with Bill Clinton in Phoenix in June. (Yet another reminder how easily Bill Clinton’s behavior can sabotage his wife’s efforts. Think “crazy Obamacare.”)
The airwaves this morning are all about what Clinton and Trump should do in this last nine days before election day. Whoever is elected will surely be the most unpopular President ever chosen to lead this country. Whoever is elected will have a gargantuan challenge to bind our nation’s wounds or even govern effectively. But it remains clear to me that, whatever Hillary Clinton’s flaws, and they are many, she still far surpasses her opponent in fitness to serve in the office, in commitment to American values of inclusiveness, in understanding of how government should work and in knowledge and experience.
Will that be enough to propel her to be our next President? You tell me.
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5 thoughts on “Slouching to November 8th”
Finally something to cheer about – after 108-years of waiting the Chicago Cubs won the World Series! Good for them!
The Red Sox got us through the early autumn. The World Series got us to within six days of this deeply disturbing election. Now the Patriots have a bye week. What will distract us and dilute our political obsession?
Sigh…what a mess. I think that, aside from the particulars regarding HIllary and the Weiner (and, by the by, I’m proud to point to “Weiner” producer Elyse Steinberg as one of my former high school drama students–Calhoun School in NYC; intelligent and talented young woman), we need to think even more seriously about the impact the media has had on this process. And I don’t mean news coverage. I mean technology. The email thing makes me nuts…given the efficiency and technical expertise we’ve come to expect of government agencies like the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Post Office, and the IRS, not to mention the court system and jury notification process, it doesn’t seem surprising to me that Hillary’s predecessors might suggest that a private server might be in order. (And given all the hacking that seems to have been going on, am not sure what difference it would have made to just go with the government server in the long run anyway…) If it had been possible to hack into the political and private affairs of past high-ranking government officials–including Lincoln!–I suspect we would have found stuff that was equally as “troubling” there. Haven’t we been on our current collision course with technology since it became possible to erase “18 minutes of the past”? (Luckily, in those days, no one started screaming about giving the USSR license to find them…)
Thanks for articulating the situation so well. For those who are able to vote for the first time, it will be interesting to see what percent actually do. As a career broadcaster,I believe our media is greatly responsible for this debacle, Along with the candidates’ advisors. For those at the networks who have fed us these so- called debates and the endless analyses and panels that have followed (and always under the obnoxious umbrella of BREAKING NEWS) it is clear they perceive of all of this as entertainment. Why else give voice and endless air time to and about a man who has to be the biggest egotists and rabble rouser in political history? God help all of us if he wins. Arthur J. Singer San Francisco CA